Carol Elliott | October 20, 2017
The 2017 Irish Impact Conference will flip the usual discussion surrounding “wicked” problems — those seemingly impossible to solve because of scale and incomplete or contradictory requirements — to focus on “wicked” solutions.
“A Foresight Forum: To Explore Tomorrow’s Wicked Opportunities,” will be held Oct. 26-27, at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. The event will feature keynote speakers Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future, and Jerome Glenn, executive director of the UN’s Millennium Project.
“The Irish Impact Conference is a terrific platform for asking more of business, which is in keeping with the mission of Mendoza,” said Sam Miller, an associate teaching professor in management and organization who is leading the conference. “This year, we turn our attention to the future and use foresight to explore for opportunities for business to serve as a force for good.”
Irish Impact is free and open to the public.
The conference will offer a panel discussion with experts from GE Ecomagination and nonprofit Accion, which seeks to make financial services available to underserved segments of society, as well as Leo Burke, director of the Global Commons Initiative, a sustainability effort focusing on shared environmental resources.
A student team of Mendoza seniors also presented their research project exploring future scenarios for the emerging “precariat class,” which is a social class formed by people suffering from precarity, a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare.